Monday’s Daily Five Ice Report

*Rumblings, Musings, Opinions*

bos 1. Brad Marchand looking so good on Sidney Crosby’s wing was fun to wonder if the combination could team-up next season (Marchand signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent) or even at the trade deadline with Marchand until today scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the season.

It wasn’t just fans. Marchand was even asked a few days ago at the World Cup about playing in Pittsburgh with Crosby.

Marchand inking an 8 year, $49 million extension with the Bruins brings that type of talk to a thundering halt.

Marchand’s market value was pretty much set with this past summer’s spending as Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo both netted 7 year, $42 million contracts. On the open market Marchand probably would have got 7 years – $45-$50 million.

With the Bruins able to offer eight years, he will basically net the same amount of money he would have received next summer.

As Crosby nears his 30’s and Chris Kunitz no longer a top flight winger and nearing the end of his career, finding the perfect winger for Crosby is going to be a continuing process for the Penguins and it may never happen.

From next summers free agent crop, there wouldn’t be a better fit than T.J. Oshie, but no chance the Capitals let him get away.

The interesting thing with the Marchand – Crosby talk prior to today’s signing, there was a point during the summer of 14-15 where Pittsburgh was approached [hide] about Evgeni Malkin with Brad Marchand being one of the main cogs Boston was willing to package in such a deal.

However, at that time Jim Rutherford had a mandate from David Morehouse that ownership would not permit a trade of Malkin but if Boston would have been willing to move Patrice Bergeron (They Weren’t), Pittsburgh would have jumped at it and Rutherford likely would have received ownerships blessing.

Interesting enough, it would be Boston now that would say ‘No’ to a Marchand – Malkin type trade.

2. On the Jacob Trouba front, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported this morning the Winnipeg Jets are eyeing a one-for-one deal.

“The Jets appear to be looking for a high-impact, one-for-one deal,” McKenzie said on TSN radio today

League sources continue to indicate today the Jets would have strong interest in Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, though, everything I continue to gather out of the Penguins’ organization is that Pittsburgh interest is “lukewarm” as one source put it.

However, Jim Rutherford looks into almost anything so we shall see if the Penguins decide to pursue this or not. For now getting lots of denials they will strongly go after Trouba due to financial demands.

Maatta3. Olli Maatta who arrived in Pittsburgh Saturday from the World Cup, was back on the ice this morning. One area Mike Sullivan talked the Penguins are trying to improve with Maatta is his quickness.

“Olli’s a young defenseman, I think sometimes we forget the roles we put him in,” Sullivan said. “We put him in a significant role, he played top-four minutes most of the year for us as a 21-year-old. I think that speaks volumes for how this coaching staff feels about him as a player and a person. He’s got great hockey sense, he’s very competitive, but we believe Olli has a great opportunity for his game to grow to another level as well. We are constantly striving to get better and as young as Olli is, we think his game can get to another level. We’re going to work with him in a lot of areas this year. We certainly spent a lot of time with him trying to improve his foot speed and his quickness and things of that nature and will continue to do that for him.”

world cup4. Much discussion around the league whether the World Cup will continue. Those involved (players, coaches, management) in it are emotionally invested, while the other side of spectrum from NHL folks seems to be ‘hey it’s good publicity for the league and it’s nice to watch some quality hockey in September but at the end of the day it’s exhibition hockey that impacts the NHL season for clubs due to injuries.’

Marian Gaborik is the latest prominent player to suffer a significant injury.

5. Around the NHL

John Tortorella put his hockey club over the weekend through the most grueling skating sessions many observers had ever seen and was backed up by the players. Columbus went out Sunday to lose to St. Louis 7-3 and 5-0 in a unique split-squad situation where the two teams played each other at home and on the road in one day. Tortorella doesn’t care. “Let’s not make any judgments here as far as today,” Tortorella said, per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. “Today was going to be a mess. I give the guys credit. I’m not being negative about the team. They did what we asked of them (the first three days). They pushed. They gave it to us there and it suffers in these games.”

— Concussions has the playing career for Clark MacArthur of the Ottawa Senators up in the air. MacArthur who has battled concussions the last two seasons suffered another one after taking a hit in a scrimmage on Sunday.

— Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder is another young RFA in a contract stalemate. Rieder’s agent David Ferris went public to the Arizona Republic with the contract details, saying the player is asking for two years at $2.5 million per season.

Rieder, 23, a very strong skater, set career-highs in goals (14), assists (23) and points (37) last season.

With so many teams looking to get faster, there is said to be considerable trade interest in Rieder, one reason Ferris is believed to have went public.